January 16, 2008
LIMA — 12:15 p.m., Jan. 16 — A crowd of more than one hundred were at Veterans Memorial Civic Center this morning to Ohio’s top crime fighter as well as those who will investigate the slaying of a mother and wounding of her 1-year-old son during a police raid.Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann promised a thorough and fair investigation. He tried to answer questions with people who lined up to ask them. Still, he met many angry crowd members, who voiced their concerns a fair investigation cannot be completed.Tarika Wilson's mother, Darla Jennings, exploded into a profanity-laced string at Dann and others, saying she wanted answers. As Dann tried to respond, she said he was wasting his breath.One caucasian man critized the Lima Police Department, calling the officers "thugs" who beat him during an arrest. He said he lived three blocks from Mayor David Berger and wondered how people in Lima's southside could get justice if he didn't.Dann brought with him the head of the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation as well as FBI agents who will investigate the Jan. 4 shooting death of Tarika Wilson, 26, inside a home at 218 E. Third St. The prosecutor who will review the case for potential criminal charges, Jeffrey Strausbaugh, also was there. Dann invited members of the community to share information with the attorney general's office if they knew anything important to the investigation. He also would not provide a specific timeline for an investigation, but spoke in months, saying he would move as quickly as possible.Wilson was shot by a Lima police SWAT officer during a drug raid at her home. Police were looking for her boyfriend, Anthony Terry. Six children were in the home at the time of the raid. Wilson’s son was shot twice during the raid, once in the shoulder and another that amputated one of his fingers.Dann was in town at the request of Lima police Chief Greg Garlock, who is trying to calm the city after heavy protesting and several marches. The city’s black community has been in an uproar over the shooting, demanding answers which police have not provided citing the pending investigation.Dann said he could not provide specifics of the case, but pledged a full and meticulous investigation that would “provide a starting point for closure” in the divided community.